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City councils whip Telkom with broadband supply

18 May 2006
Rudolph Muller

Posted: Thu, 18 May 2006 07:45 | Moneyweb Holdings Limited, 1997-2006

The high cost of telecommunications in South Africa is hurting consumers and businesses alike. Most companies and individuals are at the mercy of Telkom, our only fixed line provider, but many municipalities have had enough and are taking matters into their own hands.

Municipalities such as Tshwane, Johannesburg and Knysna are already using their own telecoms infrastructure to meet their internal telecommunications needs. This has proved successful to innovative councils and they are now branching out to try to provide affordable services to their residents. Cities are realising that the high cost of telephony and internet access slow economic growth. They are therefore providing these services themselves.

The involvement of local governments and cities in the deployment of telecoms networks is not a new phenomenon. The investment in these Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) is driven b ...

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